21 August 2014

A Little bit of This... and That !

Hello friends

Driving to work in a hailstorm was certainly no joke this morning.  It's one thing standing on your patio watching these falling miniature golf balls pouring down from the Heavens onto your lawn, but it sure is another thing... and a scary one at that... driving in a hailstorm.  It was my first and I found it pretty scary.  Thought they were going to dent my car and at one time I even contemplated pulling over to the side of the road, the visibility was so bad.  But, a few minutes later it was all over as if nothing had happened.  Funny thing that, about hailstorms, don't you think ?  In any event, I made it to work ok.

As it was so cold, my friend and I went for lunch and a lovely Mocachino -my first!

Made these cupcake toppers for a Women's event my DD is attending on Saturday morning.
70 in total.

We were wondering how to adhere those little sucker sticks onto the circled paper and
my dear friend came up with the idea to use Washi Tape. Now why didn't I think of that ?

Merrypak had a fabulous range of Washi Tapes, so these came home with me.
I don't really use Washi Tape... this is the first time and I found it quite nifty to have.

Thanks for popping by to see what I have to share with you today.

Still cold in Cape Town... Winter is kicking her heels in, she does not want to leave without a fight!

Keep warm, hugs

11 August 2014

Project Life: Our Sunday Drive To The Beach

Hello friends

What a lovely weekend we had.  August is actually our worst Winter month, but the sun shone beautifully on Saturday and Sunday.
As a result, we set off early yesterday morning for a drive to the beach and I took
a few photo's for my Project Life album which I will share with you now.

These are not the best pics.  I just can't seem to get nice one's of my project, but at least
it gives you an idea of what Project Life is all about. In real life, these pages are absolutely 
bright and beautiful!
The themed cards are called SUMMER, from the Project Pages collection, 

Capturing memories is so easy with the Pocket Pages™ Journaling cards.
Each package contains 72 cards (12 - 4" x 6" cards and 60 - 3"x 4" cards). 
There is a huge variety of horizontal and vertical layouts and each card has a journaling grid
or dots printed on the back!  I just love them!

This is what the double-paged layout looks like in the album.

* * *

Here are a few of the pics I took at the beach, which are in the layouts above.
I hope this will be clearer for you to view and hope you enjoy seeing my part of the world.

 This is Bloubergstrand and in the background is Table Mountain.

Can you believe that there were children swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean?

This is the beach road along the coastline.
Property here is expensive, as you can imagine with that view.

A visit is not a visit if you don't visit Milky Lane (sadly, what's left of it). 
When I was younger it used to be the sought after ice cream parlour to visit on a Sunday. 
SO disappointed to see that this is all that is left of the original place.

hmmmmm..... nothing nicer than a lovely sugared ice cream cone dipped in caramel sauce, 
with a flake to boot!!!  The hips are already well padded, so an extra inch won't make a different...LOL

I think their little ice cream holders are so pretty, don't you ?

Thanks for popping by.  Do leave a comment before you go, as I so enjoy reading them.

Take care

07 August 2014

Girly Cards to share

Hello friends

I was asked to make 2 cards using my new Saturated Canary images. 
This is what I came up with. I hope the recipient will like what I have done with them.

My friend referred to Violet Vintage as the Bookworm Girl, so I thought I would add a few
books from the Magnolia stamp range.

I am hoping that you can see the gloss I have put over the glasses she is wearing.

And of course she wanted my favourite too... Birthday Party Girl.

I added some dimension glaze on the balloon to make it *pop*, including the hearts on her outfit and tag.

All packaged and ready to go to their new owner.

I really think I need to go on a few of Alyce Keegan's colouring courses. 
Will have to save my pennies first though!

Thanks for popping by to see what I have created today.  I appreciate your visit.

06 August 2014

Project Life

Hello friends

What have I been busy with lately ?
I undertook the mammonth task of documenting all our family photographs the Project Life way.
You can how Project Life was created on Becky Higgins' blog here.  I have never been a traditional scrap booker, but this type of scrapbooking appeals to me.

All you need to complete an album are the following:
A 12x12  Album

and then you are set to go

Here are some of the core kits I have purchased. They come in beautiful sturdy boxes.
There are limited stock available in South Africa, but I managed to get some from the Scrapbook Studio in Jeffrey's Bay.  If you pop over there now, Cariena has discounts on the stock that she has.

Takealot also have some kits at discounted prices. You can find them here.
The Wholesaler also have kits, but you can not purchase from them directly, unless you own a store.
You could ask your local scrapbook shop to order from them for you.

If you are used to purchasing online, then you can always look for a retailer overseas to purchase
your kits from.

I have opened one of the kits for you to look at what is inside. See how nice and compact it is.

Via the Project Life FB group I belong to, I found out about a store called 
Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI), which are based in the USA.
They ship internationally and South Africa is on their list... woohooo!!! 
They have a huge variety of MINI card kits, so I ordered some of them for my project.
Their service is fantastic and I'll be shopping there again soon. 
 I found their cards are a bit thinner than the BH's range of cards, but they are just as beautiful!
See my stash below.

I then needed some storage space to hold these cards, but needed something that I could
place on my desk so that I can see them, instead of them being hidden away in a box.
I found these neat little card organisers from Typo and they are just perfect for storing my lovely stash!

I then went further and bought myself a little Canon Selphy printer, so that I can print photographs
from my computer or cell phone, instead of having to take a memory card to the photoshop.
Now ain't this cute or what ??

Here are a few photographs that I printed on my Canon Selphy. You can print in a variety of sizes.

I now let me share a layout I did recently with you.   See how simple it is.

Thanks for popping by to see what I had to share with you all. 
I hope it has inspired you to get those old photographs out of the drawer, so that you can document your memories not only for yourself, but for future generations too.  I am sure the grandchildren will enjoy
reading your journal cards written in your own handwriting too.

03 August 2014

Cards to Share...

What a lovely relaxing morning it has been.  I haven't made cards for a while, as I have been busy
documenting our family photographs, the Project Life way.  I will share what I've been doing
in a separate post, but for now, allow me to share some cards I whipped up this morning,
as my daughter wants to take some to work tomorrow.
Hope you like them.

 For the card above, I have used an image from LOTV's Set 3 Wild Flowers art pad.
I have very few of them left, so am pleased that I ordered one of the newer one's that are out.

 I like the bold red colours of this image.  It can be found in the Set 24 English Charm from
LOTV's art pad collection.

 I am not a lover of birds on cards, but these little birdhouses I found quite sweet.
Also from the Set 24, English Charm art pad collection.

This image is also from Set 24 and I love that little front door with all the flowers, don't you?
Gently embellished with a few pearls and MS's Butterfly punch.

Thanks for popping by to view my creations.  If you have the time, please leave a comment.

For Fun

Good Mor-ning everyone

Another year and day older today... hoo boy!  Will have to start counting backwards from now on.
I had a fabulous birthday yesterday. Was thoroughly spoilt by my lovely daughter.
Thanks for all the lovely wishes, I really appreciate them.

As you know, I've been dying to colour in my new Saturated Canary image.
She is called Saturday Birthday Party.
There are plenty stores that stock these images, so do pay them a visit. 
SC has a lot of digital images too, if that is your preference (I prefer RUBBER), so pop around to her blog.

Excuse the picture overload...lol

 I decided to use kraft cardstock for the base of my card this time and created a lovely
pink and white border for the patterned paper, which matched the colours just perfectly!

 I've used minimal embellishment, as I did not want to detract from the image.
3 card candy dots and a tiny ribbon is all you need.
The sentiment is a local one from Merrypak.

 Had to take this pic to give you a peek of the inside.
Used Docraft's xcut die to create a space for the message and then cut a pink border
for the top and bottom using my MS Vintage Doily border punch.

 This pic highlights the balloon which I filled with Dimensional Magic. Love the effect!
I then sprinkled some pink and white glitter to make the balloon look a bit more festive.

And here is an final pic of this image which I am sure to use aLOT!!!

Thanks for popping by.  I have a few cards to make today, so you'll be hearing from me again.
Have a Blessed Sunday !

01 August 2014


Well Hel-lo to you all.  It's been a while, but I am back.
I received 2 new Saturated Canary images in the post last week and couldn't wait to ink and colour them in.  I have yet to make a card with them, but thought I would just share them with you all.

I then set about colouring my favourite of the 2.  Here she is...

And here is the final coloured image...  Don't you just adore her?
Love her to bits and can't wait to place her on a card.

I was commissioned to make a Farewell card and this is what it turned out like.
I did not have a Farewell sentiment, so just wrote one out and it kinda looks OK!

Here are a few pics showing the dimension of the butterfly...

Thanks so much for popping by.  I intend doing a few blog hops soon.

Warm wishes

14 June 2014

A few cards to share...

Hello friends

Thanks so much to the faithful one's that have been popping around and leaving me some love.  Much appreciated.  I have been busy with some Project Life stuff over on my other blog (http://sharon-keanly.blogspot.com) and have met some wonderful Project Lifers and come across some awesome blogs, so do pop around and have a look for yourself.

I met a lovely crafter who kindly offered to send me a portion of her project life kit.  I asked what I could send her in return and she asked for some of my handmade cards.  Isn't that awesome?  Here are a few which will be making their way to the US of A one of these days.

 I used a watercolour paper for this LOTV image and colouring it with Copics was so easy!
This image was stamped onto Opale Wove Shimmer White cardstock.
I used Momento's Rich Cocoa ink.
 I love this LOTV fairy, she is one of my fave's.  Had fun adding some clouds in the background.
Just finishes off the pic, right?

 Another cute LOTV pic, she is such a sweetie.  Added some dimension magic to highlight those flowers.

Thanks so much for popping by.  I appreciate your comments, so please feel free to leave some.

Warm wishes